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Time: A. Time is a dimension in which events are arranged. At first, no direction (before / after) is defined with this. A time direction can be obtained in the context of the Second Principle of Thermodynamics. However, a global framework must be assumed, within which there is an increase of entropy. The assumption of increasing entropy does not apply to the comparison of local events. B. In the case of the subjective time, the question of direction is less problematic. The perceived time direction is expressed by the learned use of the terms "before" and "after". See also time arrow, time travel, time reversal, symmetry, duration, space time, relativity theory, four-dimensionalism, world lines.

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H. Wessel on Time - Dictionary of Arguments

I 376
Time/space/logic/Wessel: no problem as relation predicates: "before", "next", etc. Problem: if seen as subjects, which in turn are ascribed to predicates - e.g. "space is curved" - "narrows", "time slows down", etc.
I 376
Time/introduction/Wessel: analogous to the introduction of space termini, same problems basis: experience of the human.
I 378
Time/existence/Wessel: here they are not persistent empirical objects (material objects) but changes of objects that build temporal structures - here the "differing temporality" of changes is important - the changes exist at different times, but the time structure itself exists for us only when it is fixed by us - so there is no sense to speak of the existence of a given time, but only of a space area where we observe the changes (time and space are not separated) - one can say, changes are "identically spaced".
I 378/79
Structure/existence/time/space/Wessel: the question of the existence of structures is attributed to the existence of order relations a a Rb, and the latter is defined as a function of the existence of a and b - changes of the spatial structure cannot be verified.
I 380
Time/time structure/Wessel: to speak of "the same time structure", it must be formed of the same objects.

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Wessel I
H. Wessel
Logik Berlin 1999

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